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The Old Story of the Female Seigen (Mukashigatari Onna Seigen): Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Katanakaji Dankurô (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Hanako no mae, later Seigen-ni (C), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Yoshida Matsuwakamaru (L)

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MFA impressions: 11.39062a-c (complete triptych, key block), 11.43775a-b (two left sheets, color), 17.3216.6-7 (two left sheets, color)


Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on right and left sheets), Ôju Toyokuni ga (on center sheet) 梓元の應需豊国画 應需豊国画


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1847 (Kôka 4), 2nd month


Vertical ôban triptych; 40 x 84 cm (15 3/4 x 33 1/16 in.)

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Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper